'Cos you know I'm all about the face, 'bout the face... The saying goes 'Keep It Simple, Stupid' and Simple, the sensitive skin care experts, have this down to an art. Simple's products contain just the purest possible ingredients that are kind to skin (even sensitive complexions) with no artificial perfumes, dyes, or other nasties. Simple know all about how much the skin suffers - hormones, stress, city lifestyle to say nothing about the ravages of winter and party season.
#AboutFace is the January campaign from Simple that aims to take your complexion "from December distressed to January de-stressed". It's all about being kind to your skin and addressing the sensitivity and imbalance of winter and party season. Call it a New Year resolution for the face - December was about endless parties, fun, and falling asleep with our makeup on but January is #AboutFace.
I took Sarah from The Prosecco Diaries to discover more at Simple's first ever #AboutFace Party.
The #AboutFace party was held at Ham Yard Hotel, a new boutique hotel in the heart of bustling Soho. To stroll off the chaos of Piccadilly into the serene, 'urban village' of Ham Yard up to the intimate setting of The Ham Yard apartment was quite a fitting parallel to rescuing one's skin from the stress of the city with Simple's gentle and effective skincare.
Beauty bloggers were greeted with tiers of biscuits, trays of canapés, endless glasses of champagne, and rows of Alice In Wonderland-esque vials of the world's smallest bottle of sparking wine The Bubble.
The Ham Yard Apartment is the hotels' most spectacular apartment spread over two floors. Just past the king size bedroom and the most gorgeous marble bathroom is a sweeping staircase leading up to a vast living space with oak floors, baby grand piano, floor to ceiling windows and stunning views of the Soho rooftops and beyond. My photos didn't do the place justice, so incandescent was the setting that not even my low light photography tips could penetrate its ambient depths, so I pulled a couple of photos from the Ham Yard Hotel website -
I nearly swooned at the wall-to-floor marble setup - this is my dream bathroom! I just had to sing its praises -
Meanwhile, waiting for us upstairs at The Ham Yard apartment was a Simple skincare expert on hand to explain winter skin challenges and offer consultations on how to help turn things around and being kind to our skin. December was about endless parties, fun, and falling asleep with our makeup on but January is #AboutFace.
Sarah and I wandered through the living room through to the kitchen for the main draw of the event - an illustration workshop by artist Sophia Langmead. Guests made a self-portrait to take home with line drawings of faces by Langmead, to be coloured and decorated with markers, glitter, and craft paper against a selection of templates with skincare slogans like 'Dry January' and 'Sugar Detox'.
The illustration workshop was incredibly relaxing - all the colouring, stamping, and crafting transported me back to the blissful, innocent days of kindergarden art classes (replace Thomas the Tank Engine backpacks with Louis Vuitton Neverfulls and toddler shoes with Kurt Geiger heeled booties). And so I regressed back to simpler pleasures thanks to Simple, the purveyor of pureness and simplicity. Simply well played, Simple.
Sarah was pleased, naturally.
I chose the only brunette head left and made her look more like me by adding thicker, straighter brows, eye bags, a Vogue superslim (to remind me to kick the habit) and the slogan that summed up my ultimate skincare sin: 'Slept In Makeup - Cleanse'.
After our delightful DIY lark, Sarah and I adjourned downstairs to the bedroom to learn more about Simple skincare.
|Press photo. How wonderful is that grey and taupe colour scheme?|
Simple's 'Kind to Skin' range is lauded for 100% soap free and being suitable even for sensitive skins with a perfect blend of ingredients to keep skin thoroughly cleansed and nourished, with moisturising goodness containing Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and Bisabolol. With a wide offering of products from daily cleansers and moisturisers to occasional treats such as face masks, and at such affordable prices it's no wonder that the Simple 'Kind to Skin' range is a popular cheap-and-cheerful staple found in the bathroom cabinets of beauty editors, beauty bloggers, and the everyday consumer alike. Pictured here is the Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser, Moisturising Facial Wash, and the 'hero products' - the Purifying Cleansing Lotion and Facial Toner.
Simple gave me some goodies to take home from their Kind to Skin and Kind to Skin+ range including some travel size bottles to bring with me on holiday. I'll be including a couple of these products in tomorrow's post about my current skincare choices, so keep an eye out for that.
Meanwhile, why not make sense of your skin and get started with your personalised Simple skincare routine? Register on the Simple website for, tell Simple about your skincare and your lifestyle, and Simple will create a free personalised skincare routine for you - with results of healthier looking skin in less than 4 weeks! Simple have also launched Skin Social, an online platform for teen skincare, fresh with articles, pictures, animations and videos, with contributions from a panel of aspiring teen vloggers and bloggers and the YouTube heavy hitters - beauty vlogger Zoella, Simple vlogger PunkChyaz (Charlotte), and a small group of devoted Skin Social Interns. Skin Social invites you to get involved - like, reblog and share posts from Skin Social to help spread the love.
Why not get a head start on better skin for 2015 and make January all #AboutFace? I've included some products from the Kind to Skin range to get you started. Go forth and cleanse! x